Hodgson opens door for ‘unsettled’ Spain ace to leave Anfield

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted Pepe Reina is free to leave the club at the end of the season if he wishes.

Rumours have been flying around the Spain No.3 goalkeeper is wanted to replace both Edwin van der Sar and the error-prone Lucasz Fabianski.

Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with Reina’s signature, with the stopper reportedly favouring a move to the Gunners rather than Liverpool’s arch-rivals.

A couple of weeks ago Sir Alex Ferguson had been apparently lining up a bargain £12 million bid to bring Reina to Old Trafford but that was later denied by both parties, with Fergie insisting he will not spend money in January.

Meanwhile Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is running low on patience with current keeper Fabianski but wants a quick fix to his problem area and could swoop in January.

However, Hodgson has revealed that, although Reina is not for sale in the forthcoming transfer window, he could leave Anfield in the summer if he is still unhappy.

The Liverpool gaffer said: “There's always spin put on these things. We're very happy to have Pepe Reina and I hope he'll stay a lot longer than the end of the season.

“If at the end of the season he doesn't want to play for Liverpool any more, we'll have to deal with that situation when we come to it, but I don't understand why, seven or eight months from that time, I'm being constantly asked to give my opinion on it.

"My opinion is that he's an excellent goalkeeper and I hope he plays for Liverpool for years and years to come.

"For me, Pepe Reina is one of the most committed players I have at the club. He's one who I never have any doubts about his desire to get on the field, give his best and win the game for the club. That's the most important thing.”

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